MUSIC REVIEWS

Elysia Marie “Strong and Beautiful” (SINGLE)

Michigan native Elysia Marie has long since relocated to Chicago pursuing musical success, but she’s a citizen of the world. There’s nothing regional about her music despite Elysia Marie’s deep and highly visible involvement in the Windy City’s musical scene. Her latest single “Strong and Beautiful” is just one color …

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Frames “Peach Pit” (SINGLE)

Central Illinois’ Frames calls their music “power pop” and their new single “Peach Pit” bears that out. It’s a compelling mix of stylized guitar, a strong backbeat, a steady yet understated rhythm section attack, and personal lyrics. The latter quality of the new single is one of its chief selling …

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Lisa Marie Claire “Dawn” (LP)

Lisa Marie Claire has a poet’s soul. The singer/songwriter takes her cues from the tradition established by such artistic luminaries as Joni Mitchell, but it misses the point to stop there. She does what any talented artist, musical or otherwise, sets out to do – use their influences as a …

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Tan Universe “Lil Cowgirl” (SINGLE)

Ashville, North Carolina’s Tan Universe is a trio self-described as “surfedelic garage-punk”. It may sound silly until you hear their music. Their new single “Lil Cowgirl” lives up to its billing. Listeners may strain, however, to hear the surf in Tan Universe’s music. Daniel O’Grady, however, has an unshakable vision …

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Xoe Miles “Where Do We Go?” (SINGLE)

Xoe Miles’ new single “Where Do We Go?” is the latest work from the alt-pop singer/songwriter and her self-taught talents are in full bloom. Miles’ commitment to writing her own material reflects her undimmed passion for creative expression. It has expanded to producing and engineering her work as well. “Where …

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Cedars “Bearing Swords” (SINGLE)

In their haunting new single “Bearing Swords,” darkly melodic outfit Cedars experiments with the limits of melodicism in a way that brings to mind some of the gods of synth-rock crossover music, and yet the metallic fitting that comes into play roughly halfway through the track winds up being the …

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